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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 26, 2011 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Not Technical Enough Of A Guitar Player

In their salad days it seems Pig had the stage confidence and presence that the others lacked for acid-blues electronia. I have read accounts of '65-'67 (later too) in which audience members thought he was the main man. Once the other members got their own mojo going, Pig seemed to diminish in importance. I really liked Pig, but he did not grow during his time with GD. (I know there are some E'72 organ work out there.) Operator is a great song, and I wish he pushed himself in that direction.
Bobby is well, Bobby. I get into phases where I listen to him on lead, as I am lately. I love 'em and he drives me nuts.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 26, 2011 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Not Technical Enough Of A Guitar Player

Yes, this is precisely what my older brothers said: they saw them numerous times in 66-67, and said they sucked relative to the other SF sound bands cause they had this pudgy biker lead singer that couldn't sing, and couldn't really do the blues, etc., etc., and that MGrape, Airplane, QMS, etc., were much better (as I've droned on about). In fact, this is why they more or less gave up on them and didn't go to truly great shows, like 69, in which they would've seen/heard a very diff band. To their credit, they said Work/Beaut efforts were superb, and that the DEAD had evolved and then surpassed all the other SF bands that were fading fast by the early 70s. But enough of what those elder bros thought; the bottom line is that PP was central, then faded a bit by the famed Fillmore Run, only to find a niche as the "closer" with tunes like LLight and such, before closing up shop for good, so to speak.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Feb 26, 2011 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Not Technical Enough Of A Guitar Player

His slide solos, yes. His slide parts during the verses of Althea are very good.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Feb 26, 2011 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bob Not Technical Enough Of A Guitar Player

I love me some Bobby solos... H2H, Easy Wind, Casey Jones, Friend of the Devil... haven't heard another guitarist with phrasing like his - all full of swirls... like following smoke while high on psilocybin mushies.

Makes me appreciate JG even more when he comes in and takes things up another 10 notches.

Let's not talk about BW's slide solos though...

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